The fundamental aim of the Drama Department is to improve through physical and vocal exercises, and challenging projects, the communication skills of all students. To this end the department will:
- Encourage students to use their own observations and experiences in the creation of practical work;
- Encourage an awareness of the capabilities of each student's own voice and physicality, and how these can be improved to help better communication;
- Promote co-operation within groups;
- Develop an awareness of how human beings effectively communicate.
Further to this, and with the use of theatre games and acting exercises, the department aims to:
- Develop a love of Theatre and Drama in general;
- Encourage an awareness of the importance of Drama and Theatre in past and modern societies;
- Encourage effective partnerships and group work;
- To extend and develop specific chosen skills and to provide opportunities for students to study any practical theatre skill they wish to.
There is also an emphasis on extra-curricular work. Every week there is a Drama Club. Each year there is at least one main production, and there are also external opportunities for work within the local community. The school works closely our arts’ partners, such as The Hat Factory, University of Bedfordshire and Luton Cultures which provides a wealth of opportunities for all students. All students are invited to take part in any of the events which we host.
WHY IS DRAMA EXCITING?
Drama lessons are vibrant, energetic, exciting, unpredictable and always take place within an atmosphere of fun. To the non-initiated they appear to be noisy and out of control, but this is part and parcel of the dynamic creative process. In short, they are like no other lessons seen in school!
Also, examination results are something to be proud of with nearly all students attaining A* and C grades, and often for practical work, students achieve full marks!
Students are encouraged to use their own observations in the creation of work. Skills taught and projects covered are many and varied, from voice-work to mime, from improvisations to scripted work, from theatre history to modern practice. Students are also able to study more specific skills in detail, including technical and design elements.
AQA GCSE Drama
Drama is integral to all human interaction. From the roles we play in everyday life to the imaginative characters we portray on the stage: a GCSE Drama student is a first class communicator who is able to transform ideas into actions, discussions into dynamic performances, creativity into economically enterprising projects. Students will develop as theatre practitioners and gain skills essential for the modern workplace such as presentation skills, confidence and team work.
Students select a skill or skills which they wish to specialise in. Then they perform and design productions of scripted and devised work. The practical element is 60% of the course with a 40% written element. There are frequent visits to innovative professional theatre productions, and practitioners are invited into school for lectures, talks and workshops.
RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES
- GCSE Drama – “An Inspector Calls” – Playhouse Theatre
- GCSE Drama – “Jekyll and Hyde” – Stopsley High
- GCSE Drama – Devising workshop with Charity Muiruri
- GCSE Drama - “Blood Brothers” – Milton Keynes Theatre
- GCSE Drama – Prague Holocaust Investigations
- GCSE Drama – Paris – The Arts in the workplace
- Lower School Drama – The Shakespeare Experience
- Lower School Drama – “Matilda” – The Cambridge Theatre
- Lower School Drama – “War Horse” – National Theatre
- Whole School Drama – Performance at The Holocaust Memorial Service
GCSE Drama – THEATRE VISITS
On average examination students visit professional shows several times a year. The department's aim is to make use of the great variety of shows which are on offer in London. Writing about shows is a necessity for GCSE Drama but theatre visits are used also to enhance the students' appreciation of theatre, to expand their experience of it and consequently to affect their own work. Therefore, while we will occasionally visit more mainstream productions such as musicals and classics, the department actively seeks out those production which will stretch the students’ knowledge and experience, visiting experimental theatre companies, dance, site-specific theatre, etc. We live close to what is arguably the theatre capital of the world, and we aim to take advantage.
"Drama is so valuable because it not only great fun, but enhances your confidence, your communication skills and your self-awareness. Also, the amazing variety of productions we visit is fantastic! I have absolutely loved studying GCSE Drama”
Head of Department
Ms N Brodie